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  2. Ian always uses the Met Office app to plan a few days ahead. Tomorrow he will be up at 5am to photograph a particular tree (for a commission) and he needs early morning cross lit low sunlight.
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  4. Strictly speaking you don't have to sign a release - simply indicate to Alamy that a release is available. Should a Buyer then want to see the release Alamy will contact you, and you should be ready to sign one (with the correct details) and forward it to alamy.
  5. This goes back a bit I think I had deleted it. Probably didn't clear keywords before doing so. Don't know why they don't just label it clearly as "marked for deletion" - unless I am missing that
  6. OK, I shall stop trying now! David
  7. Your beautiful bird photos are visible now. The system updates once a day. Paulette
  8. I agree wholeheartedly with this except for the warm beer. Sunshine and blue sky with some cloud is perfect although there are a lot of different cloud types and a huge variation in cloud cover which is not mentioned in normal weather forecasts. Partly cloudy can mean all things to all forecasters it seems. I would add that there is a huge variation in the British (even English) weather so generalising will often miss the true picture. Liverpool is on the west coast so is influenced by the Atlantic although is shielded by Ireland. Go north into Cumbria and Scotland or south into Cornwall to experience real Atlantic weather. The south-east is a lot drier and warmer than the north-west. This summer has been very mixed with few prolonged spells of settled warm weather but there is hopefully some on the way soon, at least in the south. Predictions are for temps in the mid-20s this coming weekend which would be really nice. As for photography, I avoid including bland grey skies in any of my pictures. If the sky is grey and bland then I move in close to whatever it is I am shooting.
  9. I guess its a matter of getting used to it (for photography) - cloudy weather is often the norm (and 'reality') in Northern Europe. As the others have said, it is possible to pull detail out of the sky, and I also feel that a completely blue sky can be harsh and bland. I'm sure you will adjust (if you are here long enough) - Oxfordshire is in the Cherwell Valley a geographical area which captures the sun, so we can be much more fortunate here. I hope you enjoy your stay.
  10. me neither, can access all of alamy but not my own measures
  11. You beat me to it. Was just going to ask the same question So, I guess the answer is 'no', unless it's a bug affecting just you and me (!)
  12. Is it just me who can't access measures today?
  13. For my personal comfort, I like the weather here. For photography, not so much. And I lived in Oxfordshire all through the '80s. My question is about photography.
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    I think you are right Wim - it's probably the supertags
  15. Guardian Online 19/08/19 https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/aug/19/over-a-third-of-britons-admit-ageist-behaviour-in-new-study Alex Segre Elderly woman travelling on London bus, England, UK - Image ID: DXPN7E
  16. The 58 remote control is through the micro-USB socket There are some on ebay. The photos of the 68 seem to have that socket- it's under the flap that says "multi" on it. But there isn't a dedicated socket, no.
  17. Welcome to England, Ed If you wait long enough, the sun always shines (!).
  18. My Darktable experience was good with a very old (around 10 years) quad core Phenom processor, 8Gb Ram. What made it usable was the addition of a suitable graphics processor that enabled openCL. It was a relatively high end graphics card when it was new (AMD RX480) but was old and used when I bought it so cost me around £70. It was too slow prior to that. Changes to sliders would take ages to update the preview. I've since spent a bit more upgrading to a new motherboard and a Ryzen 2700 which has increased the responsiveness again, but that made less noticeable difference than the graphics card.
  19. Ed, the summer of 2019 is no 'classic', but let me put in a good word for the English weather/climate for photography. My favourite conditions are part sunny/part cloudy (which is why I call my blog 'Broken Cloud'). A big blue sky, to me, is like a bare bulb in a room: too bland, too blue, while the sun coming out of partial cloud cover is more 'descriptive'. Even grey skies can be photogenic, I think. What we get is variety ('all four seasons in one day). You'll learn to love it... just like you'll learn to love warm beer. 😀
  20. I don't usually bother with grey skies unless there's no option. But if I can make the sky look dramatic I might have a go. You can usually pull quite a bit out of a RAW, and you can wring a lot out of the tiniest bit of blue with selective saturation in LR. I stop before it goes too turquoise. If you can get the focus away from the sky, that can work- this is a seller. There's even a bit of sky work in it- IIRC the original is solid white.
  21. It seems as if the majority of Alamy contributors are in the UK. (???) I am now in the UK myself. I'm curious about what the British approach is to shooting in British weather, which you may have noticed is often gray and overcast? Now good light is light that works but I tend to prefer lighting that is upbeat. I don't consider pics of buildings on flat, overcast skies upbeat. And if you scan the monthly images that have sold, you don't see much "bad" lighting. What do you think? Edo (in Liverpool, where the sun is shining as I type this)
  22. The Times - online 19/08/2019 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/trumps-trade-war-sends-chinese-students-to-british-universities-5hfqqprxt DC5W5K Michael Kemp Asian students. Graduates from UAL wearing cap and gown celebrate their graduation. London, UK. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/superfoodies-warned-about-flaxseed-cyanide-danger-dplcjw0fn BP8E3A Elena Elisseeva Bowl of brown flax seed and linseed oil https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/news-in-pictures-monday-august-19-kphm983kh WA49JH Findlay Glasgow, UK. 17th Aug 2019. The very popular and colourful Sri Dasmesh Pipe band from Malaysia had just completed their performances at the World Pipe band Championships at Glasgow Green, Glasgow, Scotland, UK Credit: Findlay/Alamy Live News WA4NHW Ed Brown Eastbourne, UK. 17th Aug 2019. The Aerosuperbatics wingwalkers entertain the crowd today on the 3rd day of Eastbournes annual airshow. Eastbourne, East Sussex,UK.Credit: Ed Brown/Alamy Live News https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/kaiser-bills-heirs-condemned-over-treasure-claim-0ptr82w7d PX3GG8 Britta Pedersen/dpa Berlin, Germany. 18th Oct, 2018. Sophie and Georg Friedrich Ferdinand of Prussia smile during the benefit event "Tribute to Bambi" at Kraftwerk Berlin. Credit: Britta Pedersen/dpa/Alamy Live News https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/cheats-beware-database-to-list-married-men-gz00vgz0b C887DR Jake Lyell A brass band plays at a wedding outside of Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/business/your-three-minute-digest-2dlxvhtz6 E65PCR Jon Hill Channel 4 logo and television center https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/business/octopus-energy-reaches-for-struggling-co-operative-2w3wh0dws BN5CKT Ashley Cooper/Global Warming Images St Just Coop highlighting the fact that all of the Coop;s supermarkets are powered by renewable energy https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/business/wealth-manager-tilney-talks-to-smith-williamson-over-merger-3k00rc6fx TWPEEK Robert Evans Smith & Williamson Accountancy Company London Offices on Moorgate in the City of London Financial District https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/sport/mason-mount-finally-gives-chelsea-a-star-they-can-call-their-own-5x7v2x090 WA78N9 Andrew Orchard sports photography London, UK. 18 August 2019. Mason Mount of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team's first goal. Premier League match, Chelsea v Leicester City at Stamford Bridge in London on Sunday 18th August 2019. this image may only be used for Editorial purposes. Editorial use only, license required for commercial use. No use in betting, games or a single club/league/player publications. Credit: Andrew Orchard sports photography/Alamy Live News https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/sport/newcastle-fans-should-give-steve-bruce-a-break-their-loyalty-to-rafa-benitez-is-misplaced-qfbb9h5fq WA42EF Action Plus Sports Images Norwich, Norfolk, UK. 17th Aug, 2019. Norwich, Norfolk, UK. 17th Aug, 2019. Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk, England; English Premier League, Norwich versus Newcastle United; Newcastle United Manager Steve Bruce watches his players warm up - Strictly Editorial Use Only. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications Cre Credit: Action Plus Sports Images/Alamy Live News https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/the-kitchin-mouse-droppings-and-mould-at-michelin-star-restaurant-hlfq8t6vt DKN7GT DavidCC Chef Tom Kitchin, Chef Proprietor of The Kitchin Restaurant, Edinburgh https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/board-takes-the-helm-of-nationalised-ferguson-marine-shipyard-37bm6nw98 W2CYH2 jeremy sutton-hibbert Shipyard workers in Ferguson Marine shipyard on the River Clyde, in Port Glasgow, Scotland. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/image-archivists-are-drawn-together-msqzg6s0p G5C6JX Jon Bilous View of the Main Reading Room at the Library of Congress, in Washington, DC.
  23. You don't need to worry about releases unless you want your photos to sell for commercial use (e.g. advertising). For editorial use, which is what Alamy is mostly about, all you need to do is tick the correct boxes in the Image Manager. If there are people, or even tiny parts of people, in the photo enter the number of people and answer "No" to "Do you have model releases?". The same goes for property releases. Because it's often hard to determine whether there is property in a picture (most things, from buildings to fields have an owner), personally I always err on the side of caution and say that a property release is required, and I don't have one. Provided you make the release status perfectly clear then it's the publisher's responsibility to ensure that images without releases are only used for editorial purposes. If on the other hand you do want to allow pictures to be sold for commercial use, and the property in the picture, and all rights associated with it, belong to you, then yes, you would need to sign a release yourself, plus model releases for any people in the picture, including you. Alan
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